Global Plastic Ban Policy Tracker

  • 2022-09-06

-Europe-

[EU] From 2021, the production and sale of disposable plastic products such as disposable tableware, cotton swabs, and straws will be banned. These products will be replaced by paper, straw or reusable hard plastic. Plastic bottles will be collected individually according to existing recycling models, and by 2025, member states are required to have a 90% recycling rate for single-use plastic bottles.
Meanwhile, MEPs have also made changes to plans for cigarette filters, a plastic pollutant that is a common litter on beaches. Cigarette manufacturers must reduce plastic by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030.
[Netherlands] From July 3, 2021, a variety of single-use plastic products will be banned, aiming to reduce marine waste plastic pollution. Prohibited products include plastic dinner plates, cutlery, whisks and straws.
As part of this move, the Netherlands will also introduce more long-term measures. For example, from 2024, caps and caps must be attached to plastic bottles and packaging to increase recycling rates; from 2025, plastic bottles must contain at least 25% recycled plastic.
[Germany] From July 3, 2021, the sale of single-use plastic products including disposable tableware, plates, stirring rods, balloon holders, and polystyrene cups and boxes will be banned.

[France] From January 1, 2020, France has banned the sale of some disposable plastic products, including disposable cotton swabs, disposable cups and plates and other plastic products, and the use of plastic bottled pure water in school canteens is also prohibited.
In addition, France plans to ban the sale of drinking water in plastic cups, plastic drinking straws and stirring sticks, styrofoam lunch boxes, etc. in 2021, and plastic packaging of fruits and vegetables will also be banned; in 2022, it will be banned including chain fast food restaurants. of catering businesses provide disposable tableware to dine-in customers. The ultimate goal is to reduce the use of single-use plastics to zero by 2040.

[Greece] A draft ban on single-use plastics is proposed: Before the deadline of the EU single-use plastics directive in 2021, the use of single-use plastic products, including takeaway coffee cups, cotton swabs, etc., will be banned.

-North America-
[Canada] Single-use plastic products including plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stirring rods will be banned from 2021. Before the official implementation in 2021, the list of banned plastic products will be further revised and supplemented based on relevant research results. In addition, the federal government of Canada will work with provincial and territorial governments to make companies that manufacture and sell plastic products more responsible for recycling plastic waste.
-Asia-
[Abu Dhabi] Banning single-use plastics from 2021. The Abu Dhabi Government Media Office announced in a series of tweets that the policy will encourage the use of reusable bags and impose fines on the use of plastic bags. The agency will also introduce a bottle-return deposit scheme in retail stores.
This policy will help the UAE reduce the use of 11 billion plastic bags per year, or 1,184 bags per person, which is more than three times the global average.
[Japan] The plastic bag levy will be implemented from July 1; supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and other retail stores are required to levy levies on disposable plastic shopping bags. Depending on the size of the shopping bag, there will be a fee of 3 or 5 yen per bag, while reusable bioplastic or plant-based plastic bags will not be subject to the regulation. The regulation has also successfully pushed some of the country's major food companies to switch to more sustainable alternative packaging, with McDonald's Japan and Yoshinoya both switching to bioplastics.
[Jakarta, Indonesia] According to the Jakarta Provincial Government's Decision No. 142 of 2019, shopping malls, supermarkets and traditional markets will ban the use of plastic bags from July 1, and must use environmentally friendly shopping bags, such as dry leaves, textiles, polyester and its derivatives, even recycled materials, etc. The Jakarta government is also asking online stores and marketplaces to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags, especially by working with their sales partners to reduce single-use plastic bags.

If the warning is not followed, the Jakarta provincial government will impose a fine of 5 million to 25 million rupiah (about 250 to 1,250 yuan) or revoke its business permit.
Similar regulations have already been implemented in about four cities across Indonesia, including Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Bogor and Bali. The Indonesian government plans to reduce plastic waste by 70% by 2025.
【Thailand】From January 1, 2020, department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores of 75 brands will no longer provide customers with single-use plastic bags, and strive to achieve a nationwide plastic ban in 2021.
-Africa-

Africa is one of the regions with the largest plastic ban in the world. 34 of the 55 African countries have promulgated relevant laws to ban the use of or tax single-use plastic bags.
[Kenya] On June 5, Kenya's ban on the use of single-use plastics in national parks, beaches, forests and nature reserves came into effect. Plastic items covered by the ban include single-use plastic water bottles, single-use cutlery, plastic tote bags, plastic cotton swabs, candy and snack wrappers, single-use hygiene products, wet wipes, and single-use plastic-wrapped toiletries.

Kenya officially implemented the "world's strictest" ban as early as August 2017, banning the use, manufacture and import of all commercial and household plastic bags. Violators face one to four years in prison and a fine of up to 4 million Kenyan shillings (about 270,000 yuan).

[Rwanda] The country first passed a law banning plastic bags in 2008, and by the end of 2019, a total ban on single-use plastic products was implemented. Prohibit the production, import, sale and use of single-use plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, including single-use plastic containers, plastic bottles, straws, plastic tableware and balloons.

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